Wednesday January 29, 2020

Black Forest Express

Tuesday’s high,34; Overnight low, 25

WED-CLOUDY, HIGH 29

WED NIGHT-LOW 18

THU-OVERCAST, HIGH 38

THU NIGHT-OVERCAST, LOW 26

FRI-CLOUDY, HIGH 39

FRI NIGHT-CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS, LOW 29

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Obituaries: Mitchell Rubak, Shinglehouse (Bucks County); Richard M. “Dick” Coudersport; Rose Hapler, Shinglehouse (Doylestown)

DCNR accepting comments on ATV Trails proposed changes….PennDot holding job fair today in Coudersport….One passenger slightly hurt in Tioga County collision….Downstate driver unhurt when pick up truck hits an elk in Elk County…..

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The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) this week will outline proposed changes to its internal policy on ATV trails on state forest lands to the Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council for public comment.

Pennsylvania currently has more than 260 miles of ATV trails in state forests. The department is reviewing its policy to respond to increasing demands for riding opportunities, local and county government interest in expanding recreational tourism, and legislative action.here there was a moratorium on new trail development in the current policy, the revisions now authorize DCNR to consider new ATV trails and connectors on state forest lands.DCNR plays a multi-faceted role with ATVs: registering their use statewide through a cooperative agreement with PennDOT; managing registration-generated fees for maintenance, enhancement, and enforcement of trail opportunities on state forest lands; and distributing grants to provide new recreational ATV trails and facilities. DCNR contracted a 2016 survey of ATV users on their views of recreational opportunities. There were more than 4,800 responses, with results indicating a strong desire for more long-distance trails that are geographically dispersed. Pennsylvania has around 285,000 registered ATVs. On state forest lands, ATV riding is allowed only on designated trails.The Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council released a report in January 2019 to provide recommendations on how DCNR and others could enhance motorized recreation in Pennsylvania (PDF).The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 22, from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 105 of the Rachel Carson State Office Building, Harrisburg. Public comment is taken at the end of the meeting. Written comments also are welcome, and can be submitted to PaForester@pa.gov.The deadline to submit comments is March 27.More information about ATV riding is on the DCNR website

Prospective employees are invited to attend and apply at a job fair that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 2 is hosting from 1-6 p.m. Jan. 30 at the PennDOT Potter County Mantenance Office, 7 W. Locust Street, Coudersport.During the job fair, applicants can learn about job opportunities that PennDOT offers. PennDOT staff will be on hand to help with on-line applications and attendees are encouraged to take  their resume. Available positions include: Construction Inspectors, Highway Maintenance Workers, Equipment Operators, and Semi-skilled Laborers, Engineering Technicians, Civil Engineer Trainee, Engineering Internships, and College student summer workers.

A Middlebury Center driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash early Saturday morning in Delmar Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield state police, Lane Gee was going north on Route 287 when his Jeep Cherokee went off the road and hit a section of guardrails with the right  front quarter panel before coming to rest on the road.

One passenger was slightly injured in a collision on the afternoon of January 20in Richmond Township, Tioga County. Troopers report the collision occurred when Melanie Hurley of Blossburg turned her Jeep Liberty  left out of the C&N Bank and drove in front of a Jeep Cherokee driven by Nancy Nichols of Wellsboro  . Both drivers were unhurt as was a 7 year old boy in the Nichols Jeep, however a second passenger Jessica Carpenter declined treatment for a minor injury.

No Injuries were reported for a Westport, PA driver whose pick up collided with an elk in Jay Township, Elk County a little after midnight on January 22. Authorities say George Sporny was going west on Route 555 when his Dodge Power Ram encountered the elk.

Obituaries

Mitchell H. Ruback, 81, of Shinglehouse, former of Bucks County, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Friday, January 24, 2020. Born on Wednesday, March 9, 1938 in Philadelphia, he was a son of Benjamin and Sarah Levin Ruback. On June 6, 1959 in Philadelphia, he married Carolyn Schonwetter, who passed away on February 23, 2008. Mitchell, along with his family, owned and operated The Doughmen Soft Pretzel Bakery in Montgomeryville.Mitchell was an active member of the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse. He loved being with his family, friends, and loving companion, Gladys Ramsey.Surviving are two sons, Scott D. Ruback of Wyalusing and Andrew L. (Diane) Ruback of Shinglehouse; four grandchildren, Leslie Rhoads, Joseph Ruback, and twins, Ben and Adam Ruback; two great-grandsons, Sean Rhoads and Justin Rhoads; a sister, Elaine (Alan) Klawins of Willow Grove; and nieces and nephews.Mitchell was predeceased by his parents and his wife.Friends are invited to attend graveside funeral services at 2 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2020, in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Mitchell’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Mitchell, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.To send flowers to Mitchell’s family, please visit our floral section.

Richard M. “Dick” Welk, 81, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2020, in UPMC Cole Skilled Nursing and Rehab, Coudersport.Born on Tuesday, April 19, 1938 in Bart Township, Lancaster County, he was a son of Walter and Ruth Thompson Welk. On July 16, 1993 in Coudersport, he married Margit Ann Winterberger, who survives.Dick graduated from high school in Lancaster. He was employed by Air Preheater in Wellsville, N.Y. until his retirement.Dick was a past member of the Coudersport Golf Club and a past member and past president of the Potter County Snowmobile Club in Coudersport. He enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting and fishing.Surviving in addition to his wife are two children, Tammy (Dale) Kopp of Lancaster and Richard Welk, Jr.; several grandchildren; a sister, Judith Webb of Lancaster; and two nieces whom he adored.In addition to his parents, Dick was predeceased by a daughter, Cynthia Welk; a sister, Arlene Rineer; and a brother, Wayne Welk.In keeping with Dick’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, 122 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, 171 Port Allegany Road, Coudersport, PA 16915.Dick entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Dick, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

Rose A. Hafler, 81, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Doylestown, passed away unexpectedly in her home on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Born on Monday, January 23, 1939 in Norristown, she was a daughter of Jacob F. and Rose A. Dellanglo Yorgey. On January 28, 1984, in Elkton, Maryland, she married Larry C. Hafler, who survives.Rose was a graduate of Collegeville Trappe High School in Collegeville. She was employed as a case aide for the Area Agency on Aging located in Doylestown and retired as a coordinator from the Senior Volunteer Program Department in 2001.Rose was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, an active member of the West End Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club in Roulette, and a former member of the Potter County Trail Busters in Shinglehouse. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, archery, camping, boating, and snowmobiling. She loved to fish in Canada. Her greatest love was her family and her beloved Chocolate Labrador, Dusty.Surviving in addition to her husband are ten children; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother; three sisters; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Rose was predeceased by a sister; and four brothers.In keeping with Rose’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Rose’s name may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Rose entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. To express condolences or share a fond memory of Rose, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.